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Creek, west of Sanford Florida, USA
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Our Route Summary
- Submitted by: Elmer
- Location: Seminole
State Forest 9.5 miles west of Sanford, Florida, USA
- Class: 1
Paddled: 8 miles one way (5 downstream on Blackwater
Creek and 3 upstream on the Wekiva River)
- Water Level: this
particular run is typically OK even during low water, though
you may encounter a pullover or have to paddle under low logs.
- Water: fresh
- Wildlife: Alligators,
huge cypress trees, a steady canopy, owls, water snakes, rattlesnakes,
butterflies, barred owls and other numerous species of birds,
Regulations: You'll need to obtain the combination
to the lock on the gate to the sand road to the put in inside
the Seminole State Forest. Contact:
Division of Forestry
Lake Forestry Station
9610 CR 44
Leesburg, FL 34788
(352) 360-6675 or (352) 360-6677
- From Sanford, FL, take 46 west
- Travel 9.5 miles
to the bridge over the Wekiva River
- Cross the bridge
- Enter the
Forest on the north side of 46 directly across from
Wekiva River Road.
- Drive to a parking area (
GPS: N 28 deg 49.163 W 081 deg 25.720) and a gate with a combination
to the sand road to the put in (see above).
- Drive on
this sand road about 2.8 miles to the entry on Blackwater
the left side of the road just after crossing
bridge over the
- Parking at this entry area is limited
to only 4 vehicles, so drive all but one vehicle back
to park at the Exit.
N 28 deg 51.475' W 081 deg 26.228'
$2 park entry fee
- Description: dirt
- Parking: adjacent unpaved
- Facilities: picnic
table under a nice canopy of trees.
Access: no special accommodation
- From the entry, take 46 east to
Wekiva Park Road on the north side of Route 46 just west
of the Wekiva River Bridge (east of Wekiva River Road about
- Follow Wekiva Park Road about 1.5 miles
to Wekiva River Haven on the left side of the road.
N 28 deg 50.085' W 081 deg 24.361'
$1 per boat
- Description: cement
boat ramp and small dirt landing
- Facilities: boat
and canoe rentals and semi-clean bathrooms.
Access: no special accommodation
What We Saw
Creek is a pristine tannic creek flowing under almost continuous
canopy from the put in to the Wekiva River.
under beautiful Bromeliad blooms like the one shown at left as well
as a number of birds and a few snakes.
downstream from the put in, we passed under the bridge and immediately
entered a cool canopy that lasted most of the
5 miles down
to duck to paddle under several low logs across the creek and
had to find our way through several narrow passages. But we had
no pullovers (where we had to get out of our boats and carry them).
was on high ground we found along the way on a clearing surrounded
the first few miles, the height of the canopy became greater as
we passed under impressive old growth trees shown at right. It
was in this section we also saw a very large owl and a couple of snakes.
Blackwater Creek ended in the Wekiva River, we turned right to
GPS: N 28 deg 51.773' W 081 deg 22.824'
didn't see any alligators until we reached the more open Wekiva
river where they could warm themselves in the sunlight.
we saw no motor boats kayaking Blackwater Creek, we encountered
boats on the Wekiva. And we did enjoy stopping at several
sandy beaches along the shore.
such stop, we found an almost complete alligator skeleton about
10 yards inland.
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